Mollie, owner of The Glow Lounge is taking the spray tanning industry by storm. I love this girl and I want you to love her and her business more. I met Miss Mollie at the Twin Cities Wedding Professional Christmas party. Jenn from Rosetree Events would always tell me, “You have got to meet Mollie from The Glow Lounge. She is hilarious!!!! You will love her!” There isn’t a time Mollie and I don’t talk that we are laughing together. Did I mention she’s the most beautiful red head on the planet? And yes, her tan always looks effortless.
The Glow Lounge is located in now three locations; Edina, St.Paul and Excelsior. Go check them out – you will not regret it!!!
Makeup & Hair: Allison Jean Aubuchon
Tell me a little bit about you and your business.
The personal stuff. I’m married to my BFF and love my big Mastiff, Tilly. I enjoy traveling, delicious food and wine, and being with the people I love.
The work stuff. I’m a redheaded girl who just wanted to look tan like all my non-ginger friends. I pushed my skin to the limit as a teenager just trying to get some color, but the only color I ever got was red. Not fair, huh? In my mid 20’s I found sunless tanning and bought my first airbrush machine. My skin thanked me.
I’ve been in the airbrush tanning industry for 8 years. Launching The Glow Lounge was an idea I’d had for quite some time before I finally bit the bullet and set up our first shop on France Ave. in Edina. We hit the ground running 4 years ago and I’m still loving it.
The Glow Lounge is a custom airbrush tanning boutique with locations in Edina and St. Paul. We specialize in giving our clients the most natural-looking tan to fit their skin tone and desired look using our heated airbrush system.
What should a person expect when going into a spray tanning appointment?
We recommend taking some steps to prepare your skin for the tanning appointment and we send all that information to our clients in an email when they book their appointment. At the appointment you can expect to have a consultation with your technician which helps her be able to formulate the best color for you. The application itself is heated and takes about 8-10 minutes. You can expect to be in and out in 20 minutes. It’s quick and easy!
What is your fav thing about being in your line of business?
There are so many things! But one thing I love is that we provide a service that makes people look and feel good without causing any damage to their skin.
Usually people come to see us before going to a fun event or on vacation, which means they are looking forward to getting their tans. Our clients do the funnest things and we love hearing about it. The energy is always high at The Glow Lounge which makes our work fun.
How early should people book their appointments?
If you’re tanning for something important like a wedding or vacation, book as soon as your dates set. We tend to book up at least 2 weeks ahead of time, or even more during wedding season. So if having the tan is a must then it’s best to plan ahead to be safe.
We suggest that if you’re tanning for your wedding that you come in for a trial appointment at least a month before the wedding. No bride is the same! That is why we customize your tan to your skin tone and preference. A bachelorette party is the perfect excuse to schedule your trial tan.
What is one thing you do not forget to tell your clients?
Can I say two things? First, after your appointment you have to stat dry, meaning sweat-free and shower-free, for 10-12 hours after the tan is applied. Plan ahead. Schedule all mani/pedis and waxes to be done the day prior to your tanning appointment.
Second thing, the products you use on your skin while you have the tan can make or break it. We will go over the do’s and don’ts with you before you walk out our door, so no worries.
If you weren’t in the tanning industry, what would you like to do?
Good question. In a perfect world I’d be living on an island with my main man and my Tilly, and I’d enjoy making and selling natural skincare products made from local ingredients. My life now is a close second to that dream though. No complaints.
Tell us something we do not know about you?
I’m also a sign language interpreter.
Pick one: Pop or Soda? (no judgement)
This one’s easy…Pop!